* Posts by Fortycoats

7 posts • joined 5 Mar 2013

Quick Q: How many FLOPPIES do I need for 16 MILLION image files?

Fortycoats
Go

Zip Disks!

Ahhh, the memories. The support calls. The dreaded click-of-death that broke disks, which could in turn break other zip drives. Bloody marvellous, especially since at the time I was one of the poor sods on Iomega's tech support located in an overfilled office right above a supermarket in Dublin. (At least I could walk to work back then)

Just a few weeks ago I found my old Zip 100 SCSI drive and disks in the basement. Since I wanted to dump them I wanted to get any possibly useful data off the disks if they were still readable, but my PC doesn't have a free slot for my ancient Adaptec 2940 card. Thankfully I manage to get my paws on my really old machine, which was gathering dust in my in-law's attic. Crikey those fans are loud! At least it had USB, so everything fit on a little USB stick.

Now to deal with that mountain of floppies....... I think the installation disks for DOS 5.0 that came with my first 386 PC are still in there....

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Storage management tools SUCK. We're getting what we pay for

Fortycoats
Devil

Storage "Management" Tools

Yes, storage management tools suck, and have done for years. Tools in various guises have promised to manage all your storage arrays from different vendors in "a single pane of glass" (Yeah, right). Some managed to make nice pictures of your SAN (AppIQ), I plotted my old company's SAN on A0 paper using this. It was nice to hang on the wall and impress people. But for actually managing and provisioning storage, it was faster and easier using native tools, command line and excel......

EMC Control Center wasn't THAT bad. It was good for provisioning DMX-3 storage, and providing some nice reports. The horde of agents was crap, though. Especially the resource-hungry host agents, which filled the local disks with log files and hung for no apparent reason. And you still needed all the native storage tools like HDvM and SYMCLI installed somewhere.

We'll be giving EMC's SRM Suite a test drive soon, and see if anything has improved.

By the way, if you REALLY want to embarrass EMC and make them VERY sheepish, just mention Invista....... (I mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it)

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Top ten biz software vendors reveal Heartbleed exposure

Fortycoats
Pint

EMC link works

I tried the EMC link, and after logging with my EMC Support account I can read the KB article.

Basically, only a few products are affected. Mainly Syncplicity and Powerpath (??), as well as some beta versions of Avamar ADS and DD Boost. I was worried about ESRS Remote Support Gateway, but that doesn't use a vulnerable version of OpenSSL, so I can relax a bit, and enjoy a pint this evening.

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Artists install Monty Python silly walk signs in Norwegian town

Fortycoats
Stop

Stop that! It's silly

Now...no one likes a good laugh more than I do. Uh, except for my wife, and some of her friends. Oh yes, and Capt. Johnson. Come to think of it, most people like a good laugh more than I do, but that's beside the point! (RIP Graham)

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Germans brew up a right Sh*tstorm

Fortycoats
Headmaster

Usage in German: Shitstorm

Shitstorm is not translated into "Scheißsturm" or anything else, otherwise it wouldn't be an anglicism.

And yes, it's generally used over here to define an outcry on online forums or social media. Angie caused one when she said the internet was "new territory for us all" during a press conference when President Obama was in Berlin.

Applying the prefix "Scheiß-" to anything is similar to using "f**king" as a forceful modifier in English. Example: the recently released recordings of Anglo Irish Bank in the Irish Independent has some quotes from David Drumm about "the f**king Germans", and in German media it was translated as "Scheißdeutschen".

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Herschel Space Observatory spots galaxies merging

Fortycoats

Re: That video is too fast

Well I don't know about an app, but there is a program called Universe Sandbox which does something like that. The basic version is free.

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Welsh bureaucrats busted for getting political on Twitter, Facebook

Fortycoats
Headmaster

Re: How to speak Welsh

You forgot Step 0: Learn English first, in particular the difference between "pedal" and "peddle"

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